Laguna Beach Engagement : Mike + Monique

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It’s been said that women possess certain characteristics that can make a man stop in his tracks and notice–quite possibly–she sparkles. Not literally, but in this invisible way that draws him into her gravitational pull and circle her with delight and intrigue. Monique is one of those girls. Just ask Mike.

They were introduced by friends out one night while in Arizona. Monique chatted with Mike and with every syllable, she called into a different part of Mike’s soul. Yes, this girl sparkled. When she asked if he’d like to join her the following day for a sporting event, he casually agreed. You like sports, don’t you, she queried. He simply responded yes and then coyly smiled because she had no idea he was a professional baseball player. Monique and Mike hung out the following day. And the following day. And followed the same pattern until they found themselves on a private tour of the Vatican months later when Mike dropped to his knee and proposed to Monique. Totally befitting, he gave the girl who sparkled a very sparkly ring.

Mike and Monique are marrying this July at the St. Regis Monarch Beach and I’m incredibly excited to work with them and Michelle of Details Details for a splendid day ringing in Independence Day. Yes, they’re marrying on the 4th of July and we expect a lot of sparks to fly! I had a blast shooting their Laguna Beach engagement session and I can’t wait to hang out again soon…

I wish the Good Lord would’ve blessed me with legs like Monique’s. F’real.

Only these two could make a utility shack in Laguna Beach look good…

Rawr.

That’s riiiight…Mike can bring his a-game to working it for photos as well as on the baseball field…

Then things got a little steamy…

Mike, you’ve never looked better than with Monique in your life! 😉

To see more of their Laguna Beach engagement session, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

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  1. Simone Anne

    April 22nd, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Oh my gosh! She’s GORGEOUS! 😀 love the images! 😀

  2. Kira

    April 22nd, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    OMG! Monique is drop dead gorgeous! Yes, God didn’t bless me with legs like that either… apparently we need to have a talk.

    Beautiful as always, Jasmine!! =)

  3. Laura Lawson

    April 22nd, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Well done J*! As always, the photos are made even better (hard to believe) with your storytelling abilities! Love this post girl

  4. Susannah

    April 22nd, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    wow! what a gorgeous couple…she really does shine! I love the picture of her in the hat with him hugging from behind! so lovely!

  5. Samantha Stortecky

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    OH MY GOSHHH. I’m completely in love with the photographs of Monique with the straw hat, on the beach! Talk about gorgeous! Great job Jasmine.

  6. Harmony Loves

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    oh-so-gorgeous! and sexy and steamy! way to go Jas!

  7. alex.kruk

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Beautiful Jasmine! Beautiful! Love every single one!

  8. Beria Charles

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Beautiful!!!! Jazzzz you are awesome!

  9. tracy

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    she’s got killer legs! They are a gorgeous couple!

  10. Michelle

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Hot, hot ,hot!!! These are beautiful, sexy, classy and fun all at the same time. Love them all! Great job and can’t wait to see what you do at their wedding!!

  11. Spring

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    I LOVE that last one!!!! What a cool shot.

  12. September Roberts

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Love these…stunning photos!!!

  13. Marilyn Sanchez

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Gurl,…. You rocked it. These two look spectacular! Great Job!

  14. Christie

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Yea, I wish I would have been gifted with legs like that, too. And the hair. And the waist. And the smile. …ahh, man. I need to go to the gym and make a hair appointment now. hahahaha Fabulous images!

  15. Devan

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Beautiful!!! She looks like….
    YOU!!!

  16. Kelsey

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    These are fabulous! Love the utility shack with the chipping paint LOVE!!! Also love that his first team to play with was the Mariners. Seattle girl here 🙂

  17. Judie

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Gorgeous!! Absolutely Gorgeous!

  18. Liz Ramirez

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Wow, such beautiful pics!

  19. Brie

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Um… WOW. Soooo gorgeous. I love the one with just her in the hat. And yes, her legs are niiiice. (And I’m not creepy at all.)

  20. Diandra

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    I love her shoes! And she kind of looks like she could be related to you!

  21. Jessica W.

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Gorgeous photos and such a beautiful couple!! I love the shot of him through her legs!!!

  22. Stacey

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Wowza! What a stunning couple! They really do make their surroundings shine and look like they have a ton of fun together. Great job, Jasmine! 🙂

  23. Ciara

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Jasmine, these are gorgeous. I could look at them all day. You have such talent.

  24. Amanda Nicole Photography

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    WOW WOW WOW

  25. margaret

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    crazy HOT!!

  26. Ben Godkin

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Woah! Steamy session! Great photos!

  27. melanie janse

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    awesome work once again !

  28. Larry Reeves

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Killer shots, Jasmine! It’s also nice to note that my friend, Jeremy Reed, also started his MLB Career with the Mariners. Cool stuff!

  29. Brianna

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    The pics are awesome! I love them!

  30. Erika Jackson

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Absolutely delightful. Awesome, Jasmine!

  31. Leyla

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Rawr is RIGHT!! What a good looking couple! These photos are incredible!! I love the one with her in the hat and him holding her… Absolutely STUNNING!!! I love beach shoots!!

  32. Natasha C

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    WOW!! HOT STUFF!!!

  33. Melissa Papaj Photography

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    I do have to agree! What gorgeous legs! Nice work and beautiful couple!

  34. anda

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    wow. these are amazing, jasmine!

  35. s h e r r y

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Holy goodness. These are SMOKIN’. Monique has AMAZING legs… Wowee. The lighting on the beach is fabulous too… Oh man!

  36. Melissa

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    OOOH how great are these pics!!! Am making Laguan Beach a must see while visiting Ca. this summer!

  37. CarleeMerissa

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Breath taking pictures Jasmine!! So gorgeous.

  38. angela Cardenas

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    AWESOME!!!! i love these photos!!! =D

  39. Edmund I.

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Hey! Is that Mike Hampton the pitcher!? COOOOOOL!

  40. Julie Hartman

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Amazing!! I can’t wait to shoot this good. It might take me a while but I’m gonna get there one day 🙂 You inspire me Jasmine!

  41. Karen Taggart

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Wow! Sexy without crossing "that line". Nicely done!!!

  42. Dennis Bullock

    April 22nd, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    so great Jasmine!

  43. Mona

    April 22nd, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Wow, really hot couple!
    Your pics are amazing, they are always amazing 🙂
    Greetings from Austria/Europe!
    Mona

  44. Brittani

    April 22nd, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    WOW you nailed it when you said she sparkles. These are great photos. Pretty daring and fun at the end there! Gave a little piece of them to us! Great photos

  45. LEOLAK

    April 22nd, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS……that’s the sizzle of heat coming off these photos! Awesome! Gorgeous pics and gorgeous couple!

  46. Sara M

    April 22nd, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I’m so jealous…You got to meet Mike Hampton! I absolutely adored him the 1st time he pitched for the Astros and now he’s there again. They are a beautiful couple and the pictures…Well they speak for themselves. AMAZING!!!

  47. Krissy

    April 22nd, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Fantastic Jasmine…

  48. Cherisse

    April 22nd, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    WOW! What a gorgeous couple & J* you rocked this session! GURL!

  49. Chris Myers

    April 22nd, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I love these! I didn’t even realize he was in the second photo till I looked at it again! WOW, great work

  50. Marissa Nicole

    April 22nd, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    These are some of these best pictures I have ever seen. AH-MA-Z-ING! Holy Crap! Definitely gained some inspiration for some pictures. Girl you rock!

  51. Courtney Beck

    April 22nd, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Oh I love all of these but I absolutely love the second hat one!!!!

  52. Mikaela

    April 22nd, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Love, love, LOVE!!!

  53. Michelle

    April 22nd, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    I loved them Jasmine! The second hat one took my breath away, beautiful!

  54. Sanna Ek

    April 22nd, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    You’re pictures are so amazing – YOU are amazing! 🙂 such an inspiration.

  55. Alexandra

    April 22nd, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    flawless photos as usual 🙂

  56. Angel Canary

    April 22nd, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Wooooowww! Steamy, hawt and fun!!!

  57. Jacob Bergmeier

    April 22nd, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    Lovely outing. The beautiful light and awesome exposures accentuate their striking smiles. You really caught their essence and you definitely hit a home run with this session.

  58. Tony Harrison

    April 23rd, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Some really inspiring shots here Jasmine, thanks for sharing with us. Love your posing techniques.

    Attending Jerry G’s workshop in June, can’t wait – he speaks really highly of you.

  59. Ami @ Elizabeth Anne Designs

    April 23rd, 2010 at 12:14 am

    love it. 🙂 i met mike when he was pitching for the braves, super nice guy!

  60. gladys jem

    April 23rd, 2010 at 12:44 am

    wow! they’re gorge, and i love her hat. btw. is her second dress from bcbg? because if it is, then your brides do shop at the same stores 😉

  61. Jenger

    April 23rd, 2010 at 1:08 am

    She’s pretty! She looks like she could be your sister or cousin or something.

  62. Christine

    April 23rd, 2010 at 1:52 am

    Ok. So it must be said. She looks like you. Or you look like her. Whatevs. You’re both beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 Hot session, J!!! 🙂 xoxox

  63. Jenny Sun

    April 23rd, 2010 at 2:03 am

    i loooooooove the one of her with the hat!! its so editorial and gorgeous! This whole set makes me smile 😀

  64. MelissaFoscardo

    April 23rd, 2010 at 2:21 am

    Wow, these are smokin’ hot! Beautiful couple and I love the way you wrote their story…beautiful as well.

  65. AbiQ

    April 23rd, 2010 at 2:33 am

    Dang! What a smoking couple! Pictures are pretty steller too!

  66. Dawn Spinella

    April 23rd, 2010 at 2:42 am

    HOT HOT HOT!!! What a fun couple to shoot!

  67. Megan Beth

    April 23rd, 2010 at 2:48 am

    Holy legs batman. I adore this session, way to rock it!

  68. Marissa Rodriguez

    April 23rd, 2010 at 3:44 am

    Hot, hot, hot!

  69. Rory Mole

    April 23rd, 2010 at 5:10 am

    Hey there Jasmine, Wow, what a beautiful couple. Why is it….. that you always seem to land clients who are just fantastic looking… or better still, your photography makes them look that way.

  70. Girish

    April 23rd, 2010 at 5:49 am

    Beautiful photographs.

    Wonderful shots really. I love the light and sharpness.

  71. Rae Threnoworth

    April 23rd, 2010 at 6:34 am

    What a hot couple – beautiful photos Jasmine! U capture the light so beautifully!

  72. Stella

    April 23rd, 2010 at 7:35 am

    These are just gorgeous!!!! Love them all!

  73. Heather LaBone

    April 23rd, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I agree with Megan…Holly legs!! Love the hat photo. Hot!! Incredible as always. Still wish I could get my photos that sharp! Not sure what I am doing wrong.

  74. Bethany

    April 23rd, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Holy Moly, these are gorgeous.

  75. Jess

    April 23rd, 2010 at 11:08 am

    oh. my. goodness. what a beautiful couple, and gorgeous pictures! ps… you and monique totally could be sisters!

  76. Kim Cavanagh

    April 23rd, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Amazing! She is stunning, what a sexy session.

  77. Fabrice Lambert

    April 23rd, 2010 at 11:57 am

    So gorgeous!!! Really amazing couple… a "big block" with a model! Beautiful – and hard to control – light!!!

  78. Lisa

    April 23rd, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Wow J*! These photos are fabulous! I love the one where her hat is covering one of her eyes. Beautiful. Great job as always!

  79. nikki

    April 23rd, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    You guys could seriously be twins or sisters at least. So beautiful.

  80. mag

    April 23rd, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    these are so hot!

  81. Jen Madigan Photography

    April 23rd, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Wow, I wish I had legs like that too! What a gorgeous couple – and fantastic photos as always.

  82. Kaysha

    April 23rd, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Work it girl!! I’d kill for legs like that!! 😉

  83. Megan (Best of Fates)

    April 23rd, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Gorgeous! (the photography and the couple)

  84. nena

    April 23rd, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Such a gorgeous couple and amazing photos of them! One day you’ll be my wedding photographer too! =-)

  85. Celesa

    April 23rd, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Wow…. these are AMAZING! She is beautiful and he is handsome. I’m sure you had a blast with this couple. Great pictures! Love them.

  86. Molly

    April 23rd, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I love these engagements! There is something different about them. I think it’s that they have some sex appeal. I love it!

  87. Leandra

    April 23rd, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    The glowy photo of her with the hat: perfection. I LOVE it!

  88. amanda thiessen

    April 23rd, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    love the passion in these!!

  89. Leilani Tucker

    April 23rd, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Seriously steamy!! Love ’em

  90. Anne Adams

    April 23rd, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    She looks a lot like you in the first photo! Super cute, love the colors!

  91. Mikkel

    April 23rd, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    You do look very much like sisters!

    I LOVE her white dress! Any idea where it’s from?

  92. Alison

    April 23rd, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Wow! They are both gorgeous, and yeah, I hear you on the legs… Look forward to seeing their wedding shots!

  93. Vanessa J. Del Pino

    April 23rd, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Love the last photo! Very sexy yet beautiful…Awesome photos!

  94. Willa Kveta Photography

    April 23rd, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Gorgeous shots with so much class! You captured their love so well, yet these shots feel like fashion combined with a couple in love! I bet they love them!

  95. Caitlin

    April 24th, 2010 at 1:30 am

    These are gorgeous as usual!!! amazing job! Love them all.

  96. Erica Velasco

    April 24th, 2010 at 2:52 am

    Super cute! She totally looks like you.

  97. Nicole Benitez

    April 24th, 2010 at 3:32 am

    These are absolutely gorgeous!!

  98. knico

    April 24th, 2010 at 5:51 am

    Very nice!

  99. Alicia Swedenborg

    April 24th, 2010 at 9:25 am

    So many great poses! They feel posed but yet relaxed, love it!

  100. Suki

    April 24th, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Love the pictures on the beach. They are really hot 🙂
    You did a great job.

  101. Terrah

    April 24th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    At first I thought it was you in these photos! haha! Absolutely stunning couple.

  102. Jeannie

    April 25th, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Great photos as always..SO funny that Brooksville where he is from is about an hour from where we live…such a small world./

  103. feuza

    April 25th, 2010 at 4:48 am

    sexy! especially that last one, love her second outfit and warmness of shots

  104. Brian Fletcher

    April 25th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Beautiful shots!

  105. brandi w

    April 26th, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Awesome awesome awesome shoot!!

  106. Katelyn James

    April 26th, 2010 at 3:44 am

    Beautiful as always.:) Can’t WAIT for the details of their big day!

  107. Karen

    April 26th, 2010 at 3:58 am

    Super gorgeous couple. =]

  108. Stephanie Bachle

    April 27th, 2010 at 1:59 am

    This is such a fun shoot! Your style rocks, J!

  109. Alex Rubin

    April 28th, 2010 at 4:27 am

    Super sexy shot 3rd from the bottom.

  110. Chanelle Segerius-Bruce

    April 30th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    love the golden beachy ones with the hat – very fashion

  111. Thomas Lester

    May 1st, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Steamy for sure…. whew!

  112. Marco Markovich

    May 18th, 2010 at 9:09 am

    So cool, so your style!

  113. Krissy

    June 4th, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    i love the white dress! where did she get it???

  114. Laguna Beach Photographer

    March 14th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Good looking couple and fab job on the photos! I thought she was your sister at first glance!